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Extraordinary Preaching in Ordinary Time: Visioning and Planning your Proclamation for the Summer

April 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - May 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

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Extraordinary Preaching in Ordinary Time:

Visioning and Planning your Proclamation for the Summer

with Delmer Chilton & John Fairless,“Two Bubbas and a Bible”

April 30-May 2, 2018 at Hinton Rural Life Center

This Preaching Workshop is taught by two people who have spent years preaching to ordinary congregations every week. It is designed for those who preach regularly, and it will center on the texts for Ordinary Time, Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary.  We will exegete the texts and explore preaching options for Propers 4 through 16 (June 3 – August 26).

John will lead interactive discussions of the texts and Delmer will help the group explore various options and themes and how to present them in a sermon. We will also look at various ways of building a “preaching
series” on the readings. We will worship together with Delmer and John preaching on the themes of Ordinary Time. The workshop includes two nights accommodations, five meals, the “official” conference notebook, and interaction with the Bubbas and an outstanding group of preachers and friends.

Workshop Schedule


12-12:50 pm Registration 8:00 am Breakfast
1:00 pm Opening Eucharist 9:00 am Morning Prayer
1:45-5:30 pm First Session 9:15-11:45 am Third Session
6:00 pm Dinner 12:00 pm Lunch
7:00 pm Second Session 2:00-4:00 pm Fourth Session
9:00 pm Evening Prayer 4:00 pm Free Time
9:15 pm Fellowship Time 6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Fifth Session
WEDNESDAY 8:30 pm Communion
8:00 am Breakfast 9:15 pm Fellowship Time
9:00 am Morning Prayer w/
9:30 – noon Sixth Session

The Rev. Dr. Delmer Chilton
is from Mount Airy, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Duke Divinity School, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and received his Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Ordained in 1977, Pastor Chilton has served United Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal parishes in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee; as Coordinator of Spiritual Formation Ministries at the Hinton Center in Hayesville, NC; and as Assistant to the Bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been the weekly Lectionary blogger for Living Lutheran, the national online magazine of the ELCA, since 2012.

The Rev. Dr. John Fairless is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School and received his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. Having worked in the church since he was in college, John has many years of experience, starting out in Music and Youth Ministry and for most of his career has been a senior pastor. He has served in Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan and Florida. Dr. Fairless was a co-designer and leadership team member of the Lilly funded First Parish Project at Hinton Center.

Delmer and John first met as neighboring pastors in Nashville. They began an ecumenical Lectionary study group over 20 years ago and their collaborative work has expanded to include the First Parish Project, the weekly Lectionary Lab blog, the Lectionary Live podcast, five co-written books, and the Lectionary Lab workshops

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April 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
May 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


Hinton Rural Life Center
2330 Hinton Center Rd
Hayesville, NC 28904 United States
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